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Port of New York

Published 1949

Port of New York is a 1949 film shot in semidocumentary style. The film is notable for being Yul Brynner's first movie.

The film tells the story of a customs and treasury agent out to stop the distribution of opium, that came in on a ship in the Port of New York but was smuggled off by drug dealers. The leader of the drug dealers is the suave Vicola (Brynner).

Run time 82 min
Producer Aubrey Schenck, James T. Vaughn
Production Company Aubrey Schenck Productions, Eagle-Lion Films
Sponsor k-otic
Audio/Visual sound, black & white
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Reviewer: eggbone - favoritefavorite - March 16, 2016
Subject: Empty your gun shooting at a boat...
Then throw it at the boat? That typifies the film.
Yul Brynner is pretty good. The remaining acting was below par. The screenplay was fair.
Not a true noir film.
Reviewer: BardOfMilling - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 8, 2013
Subject: Ogg Video
The Ogg Video for me only for about 14 minutes 38 seconds then stopped. I do not know why. I used Windows Media Player and then Media Player Classic.
MPEG4 went for the full 1hour 20 minutes.
Reviewer: gzd - favoritefavoritefavorite - July 7, 2009
Subject: decent crime drama
None of the actors were established stars when the movie was done, but the acting is nevertheless good. The pace is good and there are has nice shots of New York. Some drawbacks are the extended use of narration via voice over and the somehow low qualify of the print.
This movie is not in the same class as "He walked by night" or "Kansas City Confidential", but calling it a stinker, as did a previous reviewer, seems harsh. It is worth seeing if you have an interest in films noirs.
Reviewer: billbarstad - favorite - December 8, 2007
Subject: PU
This is the drug war, 1949. Yul Brenner (with hair!) plays the top bad guy. This basic story is good, and is still used in newer movies, but it's poorly presented even for the Big Brother style seen in some movies and documentaries from the period. It's a stinker.

I downloaded the MPEG1 file. The video is poor. The audio is OK.
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